Annie was born in Illinois, grew up in Orange County, and now lives in a quiet beach town along the Central Coast of CA. She is a poet, essayist, fine art photographer and artist. Her poetry has been published in local newspapers and online literary journals including Drabble and First Literary Review – East, Heart of Flesh and a previous issue of Impspired. She has taught poetry workshops at several county libraries and is a member of Cambria Writers Workshop. She says poetry is her raft, star, song, umbrella.
eight years of writers workshop Wednesdays provides me a sense of purpose teachable moments immense gratitude stories, poems read aloud many, deeply personal we listen critique with respect, honesty a fellowship rooted in our love and commitment to nurture soul stories to life
early morning soft warm breeze rustles the bevy of volunteer calla lilies hummingbird landed on late winter’s bare branch I look at him he looks around God brought us to this pause acknowledging our surroundings before moving on someday cancer will bring me to my port of call where I will drop anchor in heaven until then I pray for God to hold me safe keep my footing steady
within a forest lies a felled tree stump remains what is left as dead and useless has become a vessel which through a slight crack a mighty leaf shoots forth reaches for the sun